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Saturday 23 September 2017

The 10 best goals of the Premier League season

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez

There have been some amazing finishes this season. Here are the top 10 goals from the 2013-14 campaign.

1. Pajtim Kasami, Fulham (v Crystal Palace)

There have been some phenomenal strikes in the Premier League this season. But in terms of technique nothing betters Kasami's effort in Fulham's victory over Crystal Palace in October.

Sprinting at full pelt, the Swiss international burst through the defence, controlled Sascha Riether's long-ball with his chest and then unleashed a sublime volley which dipped over Julian Speroni's head from an impossible angle. As good as Marco van Basten? Or better?

2. Jack Wilshere, Arsenal (v Norwich)

You can criticise Arsenal's penchant for style over substance all you like, but when it works properly,

Arsene Wenger's side are capable of coming as close to perfection as any football club. Arsenal's goal against Norwich rounded off one of the most beautiful team goals ever scored in the Premier League with a one-touch passing move between Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud to leave the Norwich defence standing like statues.

3. Jonjo Shelvey, Swansea (v Aston Villa)

For sheer audacity it is hard to beat Shelvey's goal against Aston Villa or Wayne Rooney's at West Ham.

The Swansea man edges the battle though for a couple of reasons. His touch to bring down an innocuous lump forward is brilliant and the speed and power he generates to lash the ball over Brad Guzan, who was only six yards off his line, is phenomenal.

4. Alexander Tettey, Norwich (v Sunderland)

32 yards, 65mph, bang. Tettey has set himself some pretty high standards to live up to with his first ever Premier League goal. Running onto a headed clearance from a corner, the Norwich midfielder thumps a screaming volley in off the far post to leave Vito Mannone absolutely no chance in the Sunderland goal.

5. Wayne Rooney, Manchester United (v West Ham)

The second of the long-long-long-range efforts in our top-10 list after Jonjo Shelvey, Rooney "did a Beckham" against West Ham in March when he scored from the halfway line. Spotting West Ham goalkeeper Adrian off his line, the Manchester United striker took the ball on the volley and smashed his first-time effort over the Spaniard into the net.

6. Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool (v West Brom)

If Zlatan Ibrahimovic had scored this delightful chip, the whole world would be talking about it. All the way back in October Sturridge wrapped up victory over West Brom with an-inch perfect dink over Boaz Myhill's head, executed to perfection from outside the penalty area.

7. Luis Suarez, Liverpool (v Norwich)

Pity the poor Norwich defenders. Suarez topped the goalscoring charts by a mile over the course of the season, but he always manages to save his best performances for Norwich. Playing against them back in December, the Uruguayan scored yet another hat-trick in a 5-1 win.

While the first goal - a 40-yard volley - was amazing in itself, it is Suarez's third that makes this list with the striker picking the ball up near the halfway line, making fools of countless defenders as he powered towards goal before waiting for the perfect moment to thunder a strike past John Ruddy.

8. Tomas Rosicky, Arsenal (v Sunderland)

They had already done it once against Norwich earlier in the season, but Arsenal showed that exquisite team goals are no fluke with another beauty against Sunderland.

On this occasion it was Rosicky, Jack Wilshere, and Olivier Giroud who provided the one-touch play as Sunderland's defenders were made to look like amateurs.

9. Christian Benteke, Aston Villa (v Norwich)

The mark of a brilliant striker is someone that can conjure up a goal out of nothing. Bringing down a long ball on his chest, Benteke found himself with his back to goal and no chance of being able to turn with a defender tightly marking him. Cue a brilliant bicycle kick past John Ruddy and the start of a stunning Aston Villa comeback.

10. Jordan Mutch, Cardiff (v Fulham)

Can you remember all the way back to September? The season was in its infancy but Mutch's injury time winner at Fulham is one that remains among the best of this campaign. With the clock ticking down, the Cardiff midfielder cracked an unstoppable shot from 25 yards into the top corner to secure a first ever away win for the Premier League new boys.

 

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